The momentous anniversary has made people throughout the world to celebrate the mission, which is the most successful failure. As we remember the first call for NASA Mission Control and the entire astronaut who put effort into the return of Apollo 13 crew members to their homes safely, we should think of the little somber period of this mission. It was the moment that Jack Swingert remembered his tax return filing is not done during the cutoff on 15 April 1970.
To be precise, Swigert was not among the astronauts to be on the Apollo 13, and he was the backup crew. The first crew member Ken Mattingly had German measles, which was standard on those days; a few days before the launch and the management of NASA made a shift of the two to protect the health of the other crews. Mattingly was never sick a was on the crew members that flew the Apollo 16.
Swigert had not filed the taxes before he left for the mission because he had to prepare for a short period because of the swap. After 24 hours and 18 minutes in the mission, which was before the explosion of the disastrous oxygen tank explosion, Swigert had asked the mission controller if they had filled the tax returns.
The laugh of Commander Jim Lovell made him ask for an extended period for filing returns. The mission controller continues to laugh. It was not funny because he required the extension, but the controller added a peal of laughter.
Swigert continued to explain his position about the tax return by making it severe, but to the mission controller, it was still funny and was breaking into a burst of laughter in the space. The joke continued, and it added some creativity now, the crew was in the plans to land in the moon. Jokingly The team leader suggested that Swigert misstep might interrupt the mission. One of the people added to the talk by asking if it is true that Jack had not filed the return, is income will purchase the ascent fuel for the next lunar module by the state government.
Despite the jokes, the team controller assured Swigert that they would ensure his returns filling is on time. The delay is because he was not in another country, but his status as the US citizen aboard, which had qualified him for the extension period, and he will file without any penalty.